HERNDON, Va., Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to Deltek's new GovWin IQ report Federal Priorities: Cloud, Big Data, Mobility, and Data Centers, 2016-2021, cloud computing and big data represent areas of future growth within federal agencies' budgets. Federal cloud computing investments are poised to grow from $3.1 billion in FY 2016 to $6.4 billion in FY 2021. During the same timeframe, agency spending on big data products and services will increase from $2.0 billion to $3.6 billion. Accelerating the FedRAMP cloud authorization process and the hiring of Chief Data Officers and contractor consultants to guide big data strategies will help spur increased cloud and big data adoption.
Deltek's report also examines priorities in federal mobility and data center optimization, which are also evolving. Agencies spent $1.4 billion on mobile devices and services in FY 2015, a number that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) aims to reduce through its Mobile Category Management policy directing contract consolidation and asset inventory. Agencies are also under fire to close thousands of data centers and refocus investments on optimization via cloud computing, shared services and automation. One of the most critical catalysts for these priority areas will be the pace of IT infrastructure modernization, and a key development is the recently proposed Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act. If passed, this Act would allow agencies to use their existing working capital funds and tap into a new established centralized fund to replace aging infrastructure, transition to the cloud and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities. While significant spending on key IT initiatives is expected, there are competing pressures that could temper faster advancements in cloud, big data, mobility and data center optimization. Uncertainty around the administration transition, looming sequestration, implementation complexity and risk, and contracting issues remain obstacles that agencies continue to navigate.